How is it December already?! My kids (aged 5 and 2) were more excited about it than me as they opened the first window of their advent calendars this morning, but the festive period does bring plenty of Rugby to look forward to.
Here are my predictions for Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership.
Worcester v Sale
This is a great fixture for the Warriors to continue their resurgence, with back-to-back wins putting them 5 points clear of London Irish in 12th. The Sharks haven’t won away from home this season, and I think Worcester will take this one. Worcester by 6.
Northampton v Newcastle
After a stellar start to the season, the Falcons were flying high in the top four, but are now in the more familiar territory of 10th place. Both teams have lost the last four matches in a row, but you have to back the home team to win this one. Northampton by 13.
Exeter v Bath
A great win for the Chiefs at Allianz Park last week has put the defending champions five points clear at the top of the table. Bath could leapfrog Sarries into second with a win at Sandy Park, but surely a home win is on the cards. Exeter by 5
Gloucester v London Irish
The cherry and whites have a sniff of the top four, let alone the top six European places, and should cement that status with a bonus point win over the Exiles. Gloucester by 16.
Wasps v Leicester
Wasps have won the last four meetings between these two teams, and have put a difficult start to the season behind them with three wins in a row. The Tigers meanwhile lost at home to Worcester last weekend, and on that basis, you have to pick the home team here – but I’m not too confident of this one. Wasps by 2.
Harlequins v Saracens
Sarries have lost two in a row, which is almost unheard of, but they welcome back the likes of Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje this weekend, which isn’t a bad cast to reintroduce. Quins are able to recall Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Marler and Chris Robshaw, but it’s not quite the same calibre of personnel and I suspect Sarries will get back to winning ways. Saracens by 6.
I’m back in the UK now and able to access the LeoVegas site, having missed last week. Worcester has scored over 30 points in the last three Premiership matches, so I’m putting £5 on the home team to score over 24.5 points at 1.88. Sale are bringing some firepower too though, so I’m putting the other £5 on the home team to win and for there to be over 46.5 total points scored (odds 3.05).
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